Earlier this year, I learned from a guy whose name is Reince Priebus that, moving forward, the Republican Party was going to work harder to win over non-white voters to the GOP "message."
As a matter of fact, when Priebus announced the GOP autopsy report, he promised that the GOP would spend $10 million reaching out to minorities.
In presidential elections, Republican candidates customarily receive single digit percentage support from black voters. In the 2012 election, 88% of the total vote for GOP candidate Romney came from white voters. The percentage of Romney votes cast by black Americans? Two percent.
No wonder Reince announced in March that the GOP would reach out to non-white voters.
Then came Wednesday's MLK "I have a dream"-speech commemoration. A special commemoration. It has now been 50 years since the then-hated-by-whites gifted black speaker gave that inspiring speech.
The commemoration would present a great opportunity for Reince and his Republican 'watch-us-reach-out-to-minorities' officials to, you know, reach out to black voters. A wonderful opportunity for a known Republican, or two, to represent the GOP as a featured speaker.
But when Fox's Bill O'Reilly watched the MLK commemoration, he experienced a sad. Why? According to the bombastic surrogate for all white, conservative, Christian males..... “no Republicans and no conservatives were invited”.
No conservative or Republican leaders or officials participated in the commemoration speeches....and to Bill'o that meant that none were invited. Naturally, as is his custom, O'Reilly blamed minorities. It simply had to be the invitees who failed to invite any Republican officials to speak on Wednesday at the MLK commemoration......because, I guess, the GOP is one bad reaching-out-to-minority-voters machine ever since the near-death beating last November....a beating so bad, an autopsy was ordered.
But what do you know? Bill'o was spouting bullshite. What a surprise....
"...This was about us coming together as a community, so we wanted to be sure that we had all political representations,” (event organizer, Rev. Leah) Daughtry said. “We attempted very vigorously to have someone from the GOP participate and unfortunately they were unable to find someone who was able to participate.”
Ah, yes....Republicans were invited to participate in the MLK commemoration...but "unfortunately".....they were too busy.....
The 41st and 43rd president were both invited, but chose to decline because of health reasons.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): The top Republican in the House declined his invitation because of a scheduling conflict. He is currently in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and had no public events scheduled for Wednesday.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA): According to the Grand Forks Herald, Cantor spent Wednesday touring oilfields in North Dakota with Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and meeting with the North Dakota Petroleum Council lobbying group.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ): Despite having voted against making Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a federal holiday in 1983, the event committee did invite McCain to speak, but he declined due to unspecified “scheduling conflicts.”
What explains this? The GOP tells us that it is essential for the party to reach out to minorities. Reince sets aside $10 million of the party's money to address this very problem.....and yet, not one GOP official invited to speak at the MLK event could see their way clear to attend.
If I didn't know better.....I would think that Republicans purposely refused to attend and speak at the MLK commemoration event because of ....what else?.....wanting to please their angry white base.....aka the Tea Party. You see, GOP base voters are not racist in any way......they simply cannot bear all the "government dependency" within the black community.
The GOP Tea Party contingency in the House has seen fit to offer up huge cuts to government programs such as Head Start and food stamps....as well as other programs for the poor and vulnerable. Most red states, not all, but most, have rejected the black president's expansion of Medicaid in their states. In this, Republicans are "reaching out to minorities"....with the backs of their hands. Loving the black dependent sinner, dontchaknow.....but hating the sin of dependency which GOP supply side economics has exacerbated for decades.
My take on the GOP no-shows Wednesday is that it was deliberate, calculated.
And that only confirms to the nation that the GOP, autopsy report or not, is not serious about reaching out to anyone except white voters.
Have a great Labor Day weekend.....whatever your political persuasion.
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